As I continue to watch the John Adams series again, I have to laugh at the current-day knot of people who have seized the historical event of the Boston Tea Party and claimed it to legitimize their anger that a black Democrat sits in the White House.
We’ve seen endless examples of their hate for President Obama at their rallies- all the while pretending to be so darned patriotic. Local Tea Party affiliates have chosen ‘patriotic’ titles to boost their self-assumed authority.
Signs other than bashing President Obama claim that taxes are too high. I suspect that any tax is too high for a majority of these hysterical reenactment folks- especially when some of their precious tax dollars go to ‘you know who!’ And one is in the White House, too!
Lily white protesters who never before stepped out of their houses to protest any of the many egregious actions of former president, George W. Bush. In fact, many shouted down the handful of street-corner protesters who questioned the War on Iraq. Yet now, with a new president, they pour out of their homes seemingly incensed about this new occupant of the White House. What’s up with that?
Well, what’s up is hatred. Pure hysterical hated and fear. They’ve never known a black man and now one is president- oh not THEIR president, but nonetheless the president.
Taxes! they shout. That’s a joke. Tax rates are at a historic low, but they shout “Taxes!’ anyway. Hysterical reenactment.
Historically, the Tea Party was not essentially about tea nor its tax, rather, it was about the King’s increasing troop deployment in the colony of Massachusetts as well as the impressment of colonists onto British ships. In fact the Townshend Revenue Act of 1770 reduced the tax burden on American colonists and, further, the price of legally imported tea was actually reduced by the Tea Act of 1773. Smuggled tea was nearly the same price as ‘taxed’ tea at the time of the uprising.
Just as in 1773 when “taxes” weren’t the real issue, today’s hysterical reenact-ors aren’t really angry about taxes at all. Nor about an over-reaching government; if this was the case, they would have been out of their houses many times during the 8-years of the Bush/Cheney administration.
Displaced anger. That’s what it is, It’s not about taxes nor an over-reaching government. It’s about the man- the black man in the White House.